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Establishing Your Web Presence (Overview)

As a photographer who works in both commercial and fine art arenas, I have spent far too many hours trying to find a single web site that provides the necessary marketing tools and infrastructure to support both sides of my business. If you’re experiencing similar frustration, let me save you some time and effort: I haven’t been able to find one web site that meets all the requirements of both fine art and commercial practises in a single package!

I joined RedBubble at a time when I was very much focused on the fine art side of my photography, and this site has served that side of my business very well. This year, however, I’ve been finding myself far more involved in commercial photography. RedBubble really isn’t geared up to that kind of market though, so I’ve been employing old-fash…

The Hiatus Is Over

To all my friends on RedBubble,

You may have noticed it has been some time since I posted artwork here with any regularity… and if you were one of the many people who sent me BubbleMails over the past couple of months, you would also have noticed that I’ve not had a chance to reply as yet. To be honest, it was been some time since I have logged into RedBubble at all!

Sadly, I had to put my artistic endeavours on hold for the latter part of 2010 while I concentrated on the more commercial aspects of my photography. The (non-photography-related) casual work that funded my artistic photography dried up in term 4, and so I found myself unable to hit the road to shoot the Victorian landscapes that I am so passionate about.

Of course, rather than just letting my interest in photogra…

Australia Speaks

Politics and elections don’t usually interest me all that much – we all know that campaign promises aren’t worth the paper they’re written on, and it generally seems that it doesn’t really make a whole lot of difference which party establishes a majority in parliament. Historically, the election has been more of a popularity contest than a choice between conflicting policies.

This time around was a little different though. Based on policy, I personally shuddered at the thought of either party gaining a majority in the House of Representatives. Despite having been a staunch Liberal supporter in a safe Liberal seat for many years, I voted Independent this time around… not because I preferred either of the local independent candidates (hell, the one with t…

Technical Difficulties

To all those who have been enjoying the Friday Featured Photographer series throughout July, I must apologise for letting you down this week. Earlier in the week, I was experiencing problems with my laptop… and then once I fixed it, I found myself without any Internet connectivity for a couple of days until just now.

Anyway, the FFP series will be resuming NEXT Friday (8 August 2010).

Oh, and for all those who noticed that I haven’t really posted any artwork for a while now… July was quite busy on the commercial side of things, leaving very little time to get out there and practise landscape photography. Stay posted in August for new landscape photography artwork!

Friday Featured Photographer #4: Jonathan-Stacey

Hi all! It’s Friday in my corner of the world once again, which means that it’s time to feature another of RedBubble’s most talented photographers over on my blog. This week, I’ve looked at the artwork of Jonathan-Stacey, one of my favourite coastal landscape photographers, and a host of the SEA group! Click through below to read more about Jonathan over on my blog…

Friday Featured Photographer #4: Jonathan-Stacey

Enjoy! :)

The Rubber Duck Studio Assistants

Anybody who saw me upload that artwork of the rubber duck family could be forgiven for thinking that I had gone completely insane… I mean, what did a family of rubber ducks have to do with a photographer whose primary interest is in landscape photography?!?

Believe it or not, the rubber duck family did join my camera bag as a tool to inspire creativity when I went through a phase of capturing uninspiring landscape scenery (or rather, capturing awe-inspiring landscape scenery in an unspiring way). After they helped me get my mojo back, they were promoted to the position of ‘studio assistants’ for the commercial work that I do!

Read more about how the rubber duck family assists with my commercial photography work, and why I believe they should be an integral part of any co…

Friday Featured Photographer #3: Jim Worrall

This week’s Friday Featured Photographer nearly became a Saturday Featured Photographer – it’s been quite a busy week with some commercial photography work for a dance company down here in Melbourne (stay posted for some interesting blog posts coming up about “multi discipline art” and “techniques for photographing dancers” smiles).

Alas, it is still Friday, and I have just published a blog post in honour of Jim Worrall’s great artwork. You can read all about Jim and his background in photography by clicking the link below:

Friday Featured Photographer #3: Jim Worrall

Enjoy… while I get back to work… :)

EPIC FAIL: The Woman At The Waterfall

School holidays are a fantastic time for my photography… basketball stops for a couple of weeks, and I am free to head off wherever I want, whenever I want during that time. Today I had planned to explore some of the further points of interest along the Great Ocean Road, which tend to be out of reach for me at any other time. I had planned to shoot a series of locations starting at dawn and finishing at dusk, and was on the road (from the eastern suburbs) at 5am!

As per usual, I ended up running way behind my schedule (I always lose track of time when I get the camera out), until the whole day went belly up after a chance encounter at Sheoak Falls. Read all about it on my blog: The Woman At The Waterfall

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Friday Featured Photographer #1: Philip Johnson

Through my time on RedBubble (100 days today!), I’ve been fortunate enough to connect with some very talented individuals who inspire me to publish a greater quantity and a higher standard of work. For a while now, I’ve been wanting to give something back to the community and draw attention to those individuals who have a made a difference to my time here.

With my photography blog generating a bit more traffic these days, I realised that it would provide a perfect medium to give something back to the community by featuring my favourite photographers in blog posts over there, in the hope that doing so will give them a little more exposure in the big, wide, online world.

So, starting today, I am hoping to feature a different photographer who has added value to my time on RedBub…